Who’s Cookin’ the Turkey!?

2019 marks 140 years since thanksgiving was declared a national holiday.

Although thanksgiving has been around for hundreds of years, it was officially declared a national holiday in 1879.

Last year, 2.2 million turkeys were purchased in Canada and 28 percent of Canadian households purchased turkeys or turkey products to celebrate the holiday.

Thanksgiving traditions are something Canadians look forward to each year, that and deliciously cooked turkeys.

Usually thanksgiving traditions consist of parents or grandparents cooking a feast and their children worrying about how they will work off the large meal.

So, what happens when millennials are stuck with cooking the traditional holiday meal for their family?

Matthew, a BCIT student, said he doesn’t necessarily have the skills to cook a turkey.

I’ve seen what it takes to actually cook a turkey properly and I don’t think I have the culinary skills to do that”

This is a common trend among millennials as parents and grandparents are usually in charge of providing traditional meals like turkey dinners.

Eventually the onus will fall on to the children to start preparing traditional meals and now seems like the perfect chance to learn.

So maybe it’s time for students to put down the instant noodles and pick up a turkey baster.

-Sharina

Nightlife Addition to Historic Davie Street

davie strThe ever-so popular Davie street is getting a new nightlife addition.

The heart of Vancouver’s gay community is welcoming the addition of Kiss and Tell nightclub operated by Safe and Sound Entertainment which will be located on the second floor of a heritage building on the corner of Davie and Thurlow.

Safe and Sound’s reputation is well-known as they operate some of the oldest running, original nightclubs in downtown such as Republic and Bar None.

The general manager for Bar None nightclub, Simeon Biggs, says they are excited to bring their hip-hop flavor to Davie Street.

“It’s kind of bringing our own safe and sound ideals to it. Davie street is pretty famous for its inclusivity and what not but there’s nothing really on that street right now that has the hip hop based vibe that we bring to the table.”

Kiss and Tell will attract a wide range of people and cater to all the communities in Vancouver with its modern interior design as well as outdoor patio.

This venue will emit intimate, house party vibes with a modern feel as their capacity is set at one hundred and thirty.

Davie street consists of numerous gay-friendly business’, bars and nightclubs and now will have one more to add its list.

So, if you’re looking for something new and exciting to do, get ready to Kiss & Tell.

-Sharina

Marching for Climate Action

Friday September 27th marked a world-wide climate strike with millions joining to protest.

High school and university students banned together and missed their lessons on Friday so they could teach politicians a lesson instead.

As majority of the protestors are not yet of age to vote, they claim this is the only way they can fight for their future and have their voice heard.

Sofia Suarez, a UBC student who attended the rally, said marching to her means sacrifice for change:

It’s the way that we use to show the bigger public that we actually care. That we are willing to sacrifice our jobs, and school time just so we can really, really demonstrate how important this issue is.

Over 120,000 people across BC marched on Friday to show their support for climate action.

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With the federal election coming up on October 19th, many voters will have climate change in mind when casting their vote.

16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg delivered an impassioned speech at the United Nations Climate Action Summit last Monday, adding fuel to the already burning flame for students marching all around the world.

Many politicians showed their support for the march; however, protestors say they don’t need support, they need action and change.

Woof Woof. Give Me Love Hooman!

WARNING: Reading this article may cause an overwhelming warmth in your stomach and a continuous urge to smile.

Dogs. Everybody loves them. They are friendly, super cute, affectionate and most importantly are immediately your best bud. Living in Vancouver, there are thousands of dog lovers all over the city and lots of different furry friends to ogle over.

I had a dog growing up, a Miniature American Eskimo and her name was Daisy. She was the best friend I ever had. She helped me through my childhood and then through my teenage years and into adulthood before we had to part ways, but I was able to learn many things from her before she had to go.

Humans and dogs have always had a strong initial bond and having a dog isn’t just awesome because they are cute and feel soft when you pet them. They are amazing mood boosters, and are able to help with anxiety, depression and many other mental health issues. So, what did humans do right in order for us to have these little fellas in our life?

Snuggling up to a furry friend has so many benefits that we are unaware of. Pets have evolved to become receptive to humans, our behaviours and emotions. Have you ever thought of how interesting it is that dogs can understand English but humans can’t understand dog? They can even understand the tones in our voice, our body language and the gestures we make. They can also sense how we are feeling and comfort us if need be and they also know how to tell when they are getting taken for a walk or being given a treat!

It has been scientifically proven that dogs and cats can reduce stress, anxiety, depression, comfort you when you’re lonely, encourage you to exercise and improve your overall health and wellness. It has also been proven that caring for a pet can help children grow and mature, which is exactly what Daisy did for me. Pets are also great companions for older adults as well. Needless to say, they add extreme joy and love in your life.

If I still haven’t convinced you to pick up a pup today, I’m about to load you up with some good hard facts about why you should own a pet. Pet owners are less likely to suffer from depression, likely to have lower blood pressure, are able to be calm and relax more often than usual, have lower cholesterol levels and the list goes on and on. Still not convinced? (Insert shamelessly adorable puppy photo).

If you have trouble keeping a healthy lifestyle, pets are super great for helping you exercise as well. So think of them as your free personal trainer who will never yell at you and will cuddle up to you at the end of your workouts. The first, most obvious, way they do this is you need to make them exercise! So, why not exercise with them? Take them for walks, runs, hikes, whatever it may be, it gets you outside smelling the fresh air and feeling great. Studies have shown that pet owners are more likely to meet their daily exercise requirements than non-pet owners. Now that I think of it, I was a lot thinner ten years ago when Daisy was around… I wonder what happened.

Anyway, a few more added bonus’ to having pets is that they provide companionship, reduce anxiety and help you meet new people. Now, for those of you single ladies living in Vancouver, I feel your pain alright. It’s tough dating and meeting people in these streets and I’m always looking for new ways to do that… So, if anyone has a dog I can rent for a day, you can find me downtown walking along the seawall. 😉

Although owning a pet is able to do wonders for your health and your mood in general, they are a huge commitment. They are basically like a child you have to care for. You need to bathe them, feed them, walk them, pick up after them, give them attention and everything else you would like someone to do for you. They cost money and require loads of love and affection, but the best part is they always reciprocate that love and affection, unlike your ex who ghosted you last week…

For me, it has been difficult since I had to say goodbye to Daisy and I would say that is the most difficult part of having a pet. Unfortunately, they don’t live as long as we do. And because of this, I am just not ready to own another pup yet, however that doesn’t mean I can’t follow every doggy Instagram account out there! Some of my favorite meme’s and videos to watch have to do with silly dogs doing silly things. Even though I don’t own a pet, watching these videos and looking at photos is still able to put a smile on my face, that is how powerful their affect is!

There are over 400 million dogs in the world and hundreds of different breeds. So, at least we know we won’t ever have a shortage of pups to pick up. Vancouver has a dog festival every summer called, Pet-A-Palooza, which is scheduled for August 23rd, 2020 in Yaletown. It’s in the afternoon, it’s free, and it’s full of furry little creatures living their best life. So if you’re feeling down next year August, jump out of bed and head downtown for a free dosage of happy.

Dogs are amazing and I guess cats are alright too. Cats are more independent whereas dogs need attention and lots of it. When I was younger, I remember telling my mom, “when I grow up, I want to buy all of the pets from the pet store in the mall because I feel so bad for them being in their cage all day long, stared at through a window with no one to play with.” Now that the pet shop has closed down, I might just have to adopt all the dogs at the shelter one day. And if I do, I’d be one happy, super fit, healthy woman.

-Sharina

 

Talk Shows, Bright Clothes & Indian Hosts

Which one of these doesn’t belong? Indian, female, Caucasian, male, bisexual, straight.

Don’t know? I’ll tell you… As of two weeks ago, they all fit under the same category.

It finally happened. A minority who is also part of the LGBTQ community AND a woman has broken into the major leagues of talk shows.

Know who I’m talking about? That’s right… LILLY SINGH! Everyone’s favorite YouTube vlogger.

Lilly Singh has broken all sorts of barriers with the premiere of her show on NBC, which happened on September 16th, 2019, A Little Late with Lilly Singh.

So why has it taken this long for a woman, let alone a woman of color, to host a late-night talk show on a major television network? I was curious, so I dug into the history of late-night talk shows and here’s what I found.

Late-night talk shows first began around the 1940’s to 1960’s with the creation of The Pepsodent Show, The Ed Sullivan Show, and Texaco Star Theatre. But the first show to ever air in an actual late-night time slot was Broadway Open House. This was hosted by Jerry Lester and his attractive sidekick, Virginia “Dagmar” Lewis. This show only lasted for one year because one day Lester stormed off the set in a rage because he felt he was being upstaged by Dagmar… Typical male behaviour, right?

Dagmar was hired by Lester and was told she had to wear low cut gowns, and play a ‘dumb blonde’ type of character. What Lester didn’t realize is that Dagmar’s curvaceous figure and witty personality would attract more attention than he would, so, he left! Dagmar then became the sole host of the show until it was cancelled one month later. It took me a lot of research to find, but after the show cancelled, Dagmar started her own late-night talk show on NBC called Dagmar’s Canteen. She was the sole host and the show consisted of her singing, dancing, interviewing guests and participating in comedic sketches with her audience members. Needless to say, it wasn’t your typical late-night show, but for the 50’s, it was. However, I could only find five episodes which were aired, so it seems as though it was only on air for less than one year.

Heading into more current times, everyone who was anyone was trying to have their own late-night talk show during the 90’s. There was Arsenio Hall, Chevy Chase, Pat Sajack, but the one that surprised me the most… Magic Johnson. I’d assume you’d have no clue he had a talk show since it only lasted for eight weeks. It seemed as though the ratings just weren’t where they needed to be, but how much do you want to bet it was because he wasn’t the typical host that was on air at the time. I mean, after all, he was an ex-NBA player… Kidding, it’s probably because he is black.

Anyway, that leads us to today. Current late-night talk show hosts on air are Jimmy Kimmel, Jimmy Fallon, Seth Meyers, James Corden, Stephen Colbert, Conan O’Brien, Samantha Bee, Trevor Noah, Anthony Atamaniuk, Bill Maher, John Oliver, Andy Cohen and now, Lilly Singh. The only hosts out of this list that are on major networks during primetime are Jimmy Kimmel, Jimmy Fallon, Seth Meyers and Stephen Colbert. See a commonality here?

Needless to say, there haven’t been many women late-night talk show hosts, like, at all. There was Cynthia Garrett who aired for one year, Chelsea Handler for seven years, Busy Phillips for six months and Samantha Bee who has been on air since 2016 with TBS.

So, what’s the difference? Why are the men’s shows on primetime TV and the women get the super late spots and is Lilly able to change this?

When I watched the first few episodes of Lilly’s show I was honestly so confused and my initial thought was… Is this a joke? It was rushed, the set looked semi-unprofessional, the interviews weren’t that great or funny, her stand-up is mainly tailored towards making white jokes and jokes about women versus men, but aside from all of that it just felt so rushed. As the episodes have been airing now for two weeks, the interviews have become better, and funnier, her stand-up has improved and the set doesn’t bother me anymore, however it still feels rushed. Then it hit me, this is why her interviews aren’t the greatest. She doesn’t have time to spend with her guests like the big wigs do.

The Jimmy’s, Colbert and Meyers’ shows all have a running time of 60 minutes with commercials except for Colbert’s show which is 45 minutes. All of the women who have EVER hosted a late-night talk show have only had a running time of 30 minutes, except for Samantha Bee who’s running time is 21 minutes! Is it just me or is this ridiculous? Why are men allowed the 60-minute time slots and women get a measly 30-minute slot? This only gives Lilly enough time for one guest and one quick, albeit rushed, game.

Lilly is the first Indian, bisexual, woman host to have a late-night talk show on a major network, NBC. Her set is just as wild as she is and so are her brightly colored outfits. Her personality shines through on her show and it is amazing to be able to watch someone on TV I, a South-Asian woman in her late 20’s, can aspire to become one day. But if you ask me, it almost seems as though NBC may be setting her up to fail.

It just seems too easy for a large network to air her show for only 30 minutes, allow her a short monologue, one commercial break, one guest, a short game and a DJ, and once ratings come in for them to say, “Yeah so we thought this would be bigger but unfortunately it isn’t so you’re cancelled.” From all of the shows that have been cancelled it seems as though it happens faster than you can say Lilly Singh. The difference between Lilly and the big shots, other than them all being older white males, is this, they all came from TV beforehand whereas she came from YouTube. Fallon and Meyers both were on SNL before their current shows and Kimmel and Colbert came from the Comedy Network. So it’s possible their networks trust them, knowing they have a captivating tv personality, as they are basing Lilly’s hosting abilities off of her YouTube following, which is huge by the way.

I just hope she doesn’t get cancelled, ends up moving into a primetime time slot, has a running time of 60 minutes, and has me on her show as a guest one day. And, if not… I’ll have her on my late-night primetime talk show.

Hey… a girl can dream can’t she! 😉

-Sharina

“I’d rather stay home and play video games.” Ain’t that the truth!

Are you F2P OW?

Understand what I said? No?

That’s because I was speaking gamer.

Gaming has been an up and coming industry since the late 90’s which has now turned into one of the most popular industries in the world.

Not only has the world of esports brought in millions of dollars, it also has a following of millions of people. So, what exactly is esports?

Esports, or electronic sports, became extremely popular in the early 2000’s. It started off with games like Counter Strike, Call of Duty and League of Legends which were highly addictive to play. Then later on games like Overwatch and Fortnight were introduced. Now there are many professional esports teams emerging all over the world.

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I used to love video games when I was younger. I was a huge fan of Super Mario, Counter Strike and most of all Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. Those were the good old days where I could go home from school, throw my school bag on the floor, and play Zelda for hours. Now, by the time I get home, I barely have time to shower, let alone chill out with a video game. If I knew back then I could make money to have people watch me play my favorite video games… I’m not so sure I would be in school right now… Kidding!

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The popularity of esports is only growing and now kids are being scouted out of high school to play for professional teams around the world. Being on these teams means your food, accommodation, and gaming equipment is covered, as many of the players on each team live and train together. The teams also have coaches, trainers and psychologists which help out as well.

Esports has become a billion-dollar industry as of this year and according to an esports market report done by Newzoo, a market intelligence for gaming company, the industry is expected to hit 1.5 billion dollars in revenue in 2020, which is double what it made in 2017. Now sure this doesn’t compare to what the NFL, NHL or NBA bring in each year, however these industries stay pretty consistent with their numbers year to year, whereas with esports the number has been growing rapidly and doesn’t have any intention of stopping.

In 2015, YouTube Gaming and Twitch, live streaming esports channels, launched making the gaming world accessible to everyone. Even if you didn’t know how to play the games, you were able to watch people play for free. When these two channels first launched, there was a lot of backlash from people claiming they don’t believe you can call gamers athletes, watching people play video games is boring, and that esports is a joke. It wasn’t long before Gordon Hayward of the Boston Celtics, a long-time gamer, defended the league prompting many big names to invest in the industry like Rick Fox, Shaquille O’Neil, Magic Johnson and Alex Rodriquez. These guys, like others were smart to do so as the numbers of revenue and viewership are continuously growing. In this year alone, the audience reach will have been around 453.8 million which is expected to increase to 1.8 billion by 2020.

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With the summer Olympic games coming up next year there has even been talks of adding esports to the Olympics as an official medaled event. Unfortunately, due to the strict gambling laws in Japan, esports has yet to flourish in this part of Asia. Leaders in Japan are trying to make esports exempt from the gambling law, however have been unsuccessful thus far. So, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) turned to the 2024 Olympic summer games being held in Paris, however they decided it to be pre-mature as of right now. There are two major difficulties which present themselves when looking to add esports to the Olympics. The first being the Olympics prohibits any violent gameplay and the second, there is a current lack of a global sanctioning body for esports to coordinate further. However, the fact that the IOC is even in talks of adding esports as a medaled event is insane. This means it has been recognized as a sport and the gamers as professional athletes.

So, what exactly does an esports player’s day consist of? Usually anywhere from 12 – 14 hours of practice per day, sometimes six to seven times a week. Afterall, it is a 24-hour industry. Can you imagine, sitting at your desk, staring at your computer and playing games for 12 -14 hours a day? Because of the position they are in for hours upon hours, injuries start to become very noticeable. Wrist and hip injuries you would normally see in older adults are becoming predominant in young gamers.

There is also the question of performance enhancing drugs (PEDs) such as Ritalin, Adderall and Vyvanse which boost concentration, improve reaction time, prevent fatigue and are not uncommon to gamers. Because they are under immense amounts of stress when competing, many gamers also take Valium, which helps regulate anxiety and allows them to stay calm when under pressure. It is also common for gamers to take three different kinds of PEDs before competing in a big tournament or match. If you ask me, I’d say that’s a fairly easy way to become addicted to drugs fast. However, there has been some regulation as the Electronic Sports League (ESL) prohibits the use of PEDs.

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All of these factors, injuries, performance enhancing drugs, stress and training, relate to regular sports and what regular athletes go through, so why is it so hard for people to admit that gamers are professional athletes too? Sure, it’s not your standard sport where you sweat and run around but it seems as though gamers go through the same type of emotions and feelings as regular athletes do. The industry is proving year after year that it is here to stay, so maybe when esports gets added as a medaled event at the Olympics, people will finally realize it’s an actual sport.

Vancouver first announced it’s very first esports team in December 2018 called the Vancouver Titans, which are owned by the Canucks franchise. They play out of Rogers Arena and participate in the Overwatch league. So far they are ranked number one in the Pacific division. They are hosting two homestand tournaments during the 2020 Overwatch League, so if you’re as intrigued as I am… I’ll see you there next year.

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-Sharina

Are You Afraid of the Dark?

Calling all 90’s babies. Are you afraid of the dark? If you know what that means then you must be excited! The spookiest 90’s tv show, Are you Afraid of the Dark, has come back from the dead and will air a three-hour long episode on October 11th, 2019.

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Are You Afraid of the Dark, ran for seven years and stopped in year 2000. It was the first scary kids show airing before, Goosebumps, Disney channel’s So Weird and others.

If you are unfamiliar with the show, each episode consisted of a group of teenagers, who called themselves the ‘Midnight Society,’ meeting after dark around a campfire in the forest. Each one would take turns telling a scary story, which would be initiated by throwing ‘midnight dust’ on the fire. The stories would consist of creepy clowns, ghosts and eerie settings that were sure to have a chill run up your spine.

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The greatest thing about this is the show has never been rebooted before. With the setting in Vancouver, it’ll be interesting to watch which areas in the lower mainland are turned into creepy ghost settings.

The show will be the same as before with the same concept, but will have a bit of a twist. In the past, the ‘Midnight Society’ would introduce their story and we wouldn’t get to see them again until the end of the show as different characters acted out the creepy stories. This time, the cast will begin the same way, but will get sucked into the story having to live it out themselves!

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The reboot will consist of three- hour long episodes to be aired on October 11th, October 18th and October 25th. Would you say that’s a coincidence seeing as Halloween is just around the corner?

So, get ready to cuddle up on your couch with a blanket, hot chocolate, your fireplace and stuffed animal of your choice because there is only one question left to answer… Are You Afraid of the Dark!?

-Sharina

There’s a new Hunk of Hortons in town!

If you haven’t noticed already, your Tim Hortons coffee cup has been graced with the presence of Canada’s hunk, Shawn Mendes… That’s if you purchased one in time!

The ever-so dreamy heart throb announced just over one week ago he is partnering with Tim Hortons on a ‘Home is where the heart is’ campaign which preceded his sold-out Toronto concert on September 6th.

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Mendes admitted he prefers his Tim Hortons coffee and is very proud to have partnered with them. He says he has many fond memories as a young boy visiting the Tim Hortons location in Pickering, Ontario and purchasing hot chocolates.

Along with his Tim Hortons collaboration he also partnered with another prominent Canadian brand, Roots! He released a special collection to only be sold for a limited time at select Roots locations across Canada.

Some might say Mendes was deemed as sexy due to his past collaborations with Emporio Armani and the ever-so popular Calvin Klein, however, the 21-year old is now being looked at as savvy. Not only is he showing he is able to create mountains of success for big national campaigns, but he is showing he is connected to his roots by partnering with two prominent Canadian brands.

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Tim Hortons and Roots have been reaping the benefits of their recent collaborations with the star as it has attracted overwhelming attention from his younger fan base. The Tim Hortons cups feature Mendes and his guitar along with maple leafs and roses which are a part of the theme for his tour.

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Mendes has truly embraced his Canadian roots and is showing the world he will never forget them. As for you… if you’re sitting at home reading this article, get up! These cups are flying off the shelves and are only being sold until supplies last. Mendes says it best in one of his chart-topping songs, ‘there’s nothing holding me back!’ So, if there’s nothing holding him back, what’s holding you back?

-Sharina

 

#SheTheNorth – Canadian Tennis Sensation Bianca Andreescu Cleans Up at US Open

19-year-old Bianca Andreescu defeated 23-time grand slam champion Serena Williams at the Women’s US Open tournament on Saturday.

Andreescu, who began the year ranked 152nd in the world, defeated Williams in the second set of the tournament Saturday afternoon making her the first Canadian to ever win a grand slam title.

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However, Williams didn’t let go without a fight as she forced a tie breaker in the second set.

Unfortunately, her comeback was a little too late.

In early August, Andreescu and Williams were the final pairing at the Rogers Cup tournament in Toronto where Williams had to retire due to an injury, declaring Andreescu the tournament champion. Some would say, this final pairing was highly anticipated for the US Open.

At age 18, Williams won her first US Open grand slam title, one year before Andreescu was born.

At age 19, Andreescu has two championships, one being a grand slam, under her belt and has jumped from 152nd to 5th ranked in the world.

She idolized Williams while growing up and said she had to try her best to not think about who her opponent was, so she could stay focused.

At this time last year, she was unable to qualify for the tournament, and a year later, in her grand slam debut, she triumphed as the women’s champion.

She is the first teenager to win this tournament in 13 years and has become a Canadian tennis sensation. The Toronto Raptors hashtag “We The North” has now turned into “She The North” as Andreescu’s win will inspire many to pick up a racket and start swinging.

Andreescu is the prime example of how following your dreams and never giving up can really pay off. Which in this case is literally speaking, as the teen walked away with 3.85 million dollars in prize money.

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So, what are her next steps? At the beginning of the year her goal was to make the top 100 ranked players. Now ranked number five, she says, “I guess I have to start setting my goals a bit higher… top 3 by the end of the year.”

-Sharina